Spanish gambling authorities are considering the possibility of sharing the nation's player pool with Italy. The concept could be introduced across regulated online poker rooms in 2013.
Spanish authorities are considering the possibility of sharing player pools with Italy, the Director General of the Spain Gaming Commission Enrique Alejo has said according to Pokerfuse
The Director General revealed that talks between gaming commissions in Spain and Italy are "ongoing", and that shared players pools is a possibility.
The first meetings between gaming regulators in the two countries took place already in late June, and included discussions between French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese officials.
The discussions circled around liquidity issues and opened up the possibility of cross-border coordination between the nations.
A follow-up meeting is now scheduled for December, but Alejo has hinted that new meetings between individual nations could take place much earlier, perhaps even this fall.
"Probably after the summer, in September and October, we will meet with the Italians and by then it will be possible to get a more precise estimate of how much time that agreement will take," Alejo said.
The prospect of a wider Mediterranean collaboration remains a possibility, but French regulators have so far shown less interest in sharing player liquidity, Alejo said.
He added that the French may be more motivated to join if they see that a Spanish/Italian shared system works.